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A Shared Future

Faith-Based Organizing for Racial Equity and Ethical Democracy

Richard L. Wood and Brad R. Fulton

A Shared Future

Richard L. Wood and Brad R. Fulton

256 pages | 26 halftones, 25 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780226306025 Published December 2015
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780226305974 Published December 2015
E-book $10.00 to $35.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226306162 Published December 2015
Faith-based community organizers have spent decades working for greater equality in American society, and more recently have become significant players in shaping health care, finance, and immigration reform at the highest levels of government.

In A Shared Future, Richard L. Wood and Brad R. Fulton draw on a new national study of community organizing coalitions and in-depth interviews of key leaders in this field to show how faith-based organizing is creatively navigating the competing aspirations of America’s universalist and multiculturalist democratic ideals, even as it confronts three demons bedeviling American politics: economic inequality, federal policy paralysis, and racial inequity. With a broad view of the entire field and a distinct empirical focus on the PICO National Network, Wood and Fulton’s analysis illuminates the tensions, struggles, and deep rewards that come with pursuing racial equity within a social change organization and in society. Ultimately, A Shared Future offers a vision for how we might build a future that embodies the ethical democracy of the best American dreams.

An interview of the authors on the subject of faith leaders organizing for justice (Peace Talks Radio, copyright Good Radio Shows, Inc.) can be heard at this link:
Review Quotes
Mark R. Warren | author of A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform
A Shared Future is a very important and exciting book. Wood and Fulton have written a state-of-the-art treatment of the field of faith-based community organizing with a focus on two important developments: local-state-federal organizing and the emergence of a racial equity analysis at the heart of the organizing. These two developments, alongside the provocative yet careful analysis of the authors, make this a critically important book. It will be widely read and debated.”
Ann Swidler | author of Talk of Love: How Culture Matters
“In A Shared Future, Wood and Fulton bring alive the triumphs and dilemmas of contemporary faith-based community organizing. They describe how vibrant networks of community organizations based in churches, unions, schools, and other community groups have won victories at state and national scales as well as in local communities. Interviews with organizers and a large-scale survey show how these dynamic coalitions have become one of the most ethnically and racially diverse forces in contemporary American politics, retaining a commitment to universal justice while confronting the realities of racialized exclusion. This book offers not only careful evidence and analysis, but also hope that faith-based organizing, grounded in moral commitments that bind a diverse society together, can contribute to the ethical democracy we so badly need.”
Donald E. Miller | Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California
A Shared Future tackles the crises of our time—rising economic inequality, racial injustice, and policy paralysis—by examining the efforts of faith-based community organizing to create an ethical democracy. This is scholarship at its best, combining empirical research with a vision for the possibility of a shared future within our increasingly multiethnic society.”
Andre C. Willis | author of Towards a Humean True Religion: Genuine Theism, Moderate Hope, and Practical Morality
“This book is both a distinctive achievement in terms of the comprehensive new data it provides on the evolving field of faith-based community organizing, and a major contribution for those who work at the intersections of religion and politics as well as theory and practice. Wood and Fulton’s rich account will be the starting point for the next generation of democratically engaged scholars and thoughtful activists who want to play a role in movements toward a more ethical democracy.”
Christian Century
“The authors look to exorcise three demons ‘bedeviling’ American society: unparalleled economic inequality, policy paralysis, and racial inequality. Wood and Fulton turn their hopes to faith-based community organizers, who often find themselves at the intersections of economy, politics, and identity. In navigating these issues, faith-based organizers model democratic life. Loaded with firsthand accounts, accessible critical analyses, and spirited conviction, this book exemplifies religious witness and political participation.”
“Unabashedly promoting a liberal agenda to address issues of growing inequality, poverty, educational disparities, racial injustice, voter suppression, and policy paralysis at the national level, the book is relevant background to the Black Lives Matter movement today. The authors believe these organizations, multicultural and racially diverse, can coalesce around Wood’s concept of ethical democracy to achieve greater influence in the future. Though faith-based organizations were recognized as critical to the modern civil rights movement, the authors urge researchers to take a closer look at these networks of organizations as agents of social change today. Highly recommended.”
Review of Religious Research
“An increasing number of congregations have found the universalist ambitions and multicultural platforms that faith based community organizing coalitions offer to be a compelling extension of their faith commitments. Wood and Fulton have done a major service to scholars, clergy, lay activists, and community organizing practitioners alike by revealing the workings of this process and the scale on which it is happening. The book will also be useful in courses related to race, religion, social movements, and democratic theory.”

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